Yoga Alliance Certified course
Yoga - Cacao - Creative Expression - Nature
See yourself here...
...waking up to breathtaking beauty
...practicing yoga high above volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan
...sharing heart opening Guatemalan cacao and rich conversation
...writing, dancing and creating in the magnificence of nature.
Create Space Retreats offer a sparkling container for exploring flow consciousness and igniting creative freedom. This five day Guatemala journey is designed to awaken the subtle receptors within us that ‘plug us in;’ to our center, to nature and to our sacred creative expression. Whether you are experiencing physical, emotional or creative blockages, or simply looking for reconnection and space, this magical retreat offers a haven of inspiration.
All of life is creation. It is our nature to create new ideas, and whether we are designing our bedroom, our six month plan, or our life, the way we harness our life force and human creativity is key to unlocking our most expansive version of ourselves.
Accessing our natural state of flow comes from deep connection and unity of our body, mind and spirit. When life feels stagnant, painful or disconnected, it is often the product of overthinking and lack of presence, causing resistance, worry, fear and indecision. Aligning ourselves with the movement of life force through us frees up our creative impulse and evokes a limitless state, where manifestation happens effortlessly and things seem to just… flow.
By creating space, we allow new creation. Fed by wide open views, simple and sustainable living and energy-activating practices such as yoga, dance and ceremony, we spark the wonder back into our daily experience. With a schedule designed to help you open up to the flow of expression, and a setting that induces awe, this is an opportunity to truly come back to your center.
Highlights of Create Space Retreat Guatemala…
Daily yoga on an open air deck overlooking volcanos and highland Lake Atitlan
Daily ceremonial cacao
Art, music, writing, movement, mindfulness, sound healing and visualization
Temezcal in traditional stone sauna with plunge pool
Creative practices to unplug the flow
Hike through coffee fields and forests
Inspiration from like-minded beings and stunning natural environment
Sustainable living in simple, beautiful Eagle’s Retreat
The renowned Elevation Ecstatic Dance, an alcohol-free event including dance, cacao ceremony, live music, DJs and fire performance
About your Facilitator…
Jiya Julia Randall is one of the founders of international yoga school and retreats organization Kula Collective and a guide for empowered and conscious living.
Jiya is a deeply connected leader who roots her teaching in the healing energy of nature. Her teaching invites students to explore their own, unique unfolding, through profound awareness and trust in the wisdom of the Self. Through her studies with teachers and shamans across the world, Julia has developed a powerful sense of energetic connection and a strong set of philosophical and intuitive teachings, which she shares through creative hatha and yin yoga, sacred fire and medicine ceremonies, kirtan and healing therapies. Jiya is also a talented musician and sound healer, who seeks out native chants and medicine songs from around the world to complement her work.
Jiya is YA-certified at the ERYT-300 level and has facilitated both intensive and module-format teacher trainings at RYT-200 and RYT-300 levels for several years, through multiple schools. Following her degree in Physics at Imperial College, London, Julia worked as an Energy Consultant and part time copywriter and editor in London, UK, before moving to Central America in 2009 to pursue a life centered on yoga and holistic health. British by birth, Jiya is now based in Bali and teaches in Thailand, Australia, Mexico, Greece, USA, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru.
About the Elevation Ecstatic Dance…
The Elevation Ecstatic Dance has quickly become an iconic event within the worldwide community that flocks to Guatemala each year. Offering an opening cacao ceremony, ecstatic dance, live DJs and performers, bonfire and art installations, all perched on the edge of a panoramic mountain lake view, this is a unique and memorable event. Each attendee is no spectator but rather a participant. By removing the availability of alcoholic drinks, the quality of the experience bears a clearer and elevated quality. Enjoy delicious foods, sumptuous music and tribal sounds, resident and travelling DJs (Mose Cagen, Black Lovs , Matti IV, Michael Verner) tantalizing colors and lighting moods, performing artists, cozy lounge, visionary art and inspirational video projections, candles and low lighting, hours of ecstatic dance, new encounters, reconnections and mystical experiences.
What you’ll love about Guatemala and Eagle’s Nest…
Known as the land of eternal spring, Guatemala carries the mysticism of the ancient Maya civilizations still very apparent in the traditions of the indigenous Maya people that inhabit the country. Sprinkled with volcanoes, overlooking one of the deepest lakes in the world and surrounded in natural dry forest, the omnipresence of nature in San Marcos La Laguna infuses every experience with un unforgettable serenity and power.
Eagle’s Nest is a beautiful blend of eco-conscious construction with expansive and creative design. The centerpiece is the huge, open air yoga and dance deck that invites artistic expression and instant connection to the magnificent views it overlooks. Accommodation is in small and comfortable shared or private cabins, each with the stunning view, a small balcony or deck and shared bathroom facilities with warm spring water showers and dry compost toilets. Cuisine is local, delicious and vegetarian, including warm Guatemalan tortillas and locally grown coffee served fresh each day. The property is sprinkled with bright tropical flowers, edible and medicinal herbs and the temezcal sauna is a womb of purification offering rebirth in the spring water plunge pool outside. On breaks you can take the short walk to San Marcos town, a mecca for spiritual seekers of the world and home to many yogis, musicians, healers and foodies. Enjoy the simple peace of community life in this special highland village.
7:00 - 9:00: Morning Practice - including yoga, meditation, movement, and creative expression
9:00 - 10:30: Breakfast
10:30 - 11:00: Cacao ceremony
11:00 - 1:00: Create Space Workshop - activities include painting, writing, walking/hiking
1:00 - 2:00: Lunch
2:00 - 4:30: Free time
4:30 - 6:00: Sunset practice and creative expression
6:00 - 7:00: Dinner
7:00 - 9:00: Evening activities, including group circle, art play, musical jam and Sauna
*Each day the schedule will vary. The Elevation Ecstatic Dance will be integrated with the retreat.
**Free time optional activities include; kayaking, local market shopping, stand up paddle board, hiking
Includes 4 nights accommodation and all listed activities
Private queen cabin with shared bathroom facilities $775
Shared Twin cabin with shared bathroom facilities $650
Shared Quad cabin with shared bathroom facilities $575